–Irvine says Nigerian striker is close to full fitness
Westbrom coach Alan Irvine has revealed that he was delighted to see new recruits Brown Ideye get 90 minutes under his belts this week-as he looks to bolster his options for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.
The Baggies boss watched the Nigerian international closely from the stands in Monday’s Barclays Under-21 Premier League 2-1 derby win over Wolves.
The £10million record signing joined from Dynamo Kiev last month but barely featured in pre-season after his move was held up by red tape was an unused substitute in last weekend’s 2-2 opening-day draw with Sunderland.
“Unfortunately the rules at Under-21 level mean you can only play three over-age players and one over-age goalkeeper so what we did was pick out the three who we felt were closest, being Brown, Jason and Gareth. Brown needed Monday’s game.
“It’s always difficult to assess senior players in Under-21 games, even psychologically it can be difficult to do that.
“He’s getting closer but he definitely needed the game.
“Understandably he’s not where the rest of the boys are at the moment.”
Ideye scored twice in last week’s closed doors friendly with Nottingham Forest.